It may be something of a surprise to those with Premier League connections that Brazil now find themselves heading into a World Cup semi-final led by David Luiz. With captain and Luiz’s central-defensive partner Thiago Silva suspended and Neymar, the poster-boy of this World Cup, recovering from a tournament-ending fractured vertebra, a lot now rests 

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Soccer as it is called in the United States and Canada and football to the rest of the world, is one of the most popular sporting extravaganza played by millions worldwide. The game is played with different formats with different pitch and team sizes but the most prevalent one feature two teams with eleven players 

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After a typically overblown, needlessly exaggerated extravaganza in the Costa Do Sauipe resort in Brazil on Friday afternoon, we finally found out who would be playing who in the group stages of next summer’s World Cup. It was, underneath all the ceremony and sense of occasion as FIFA attempted to justify the gross £10 million 

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It was in true Cristiano Ronaldo fashion that he should dominate Portugal’s preparations for their final World Cup qualifier with Luxembourg where the Real Madrid winger will play no part. The 28 year old, captain and spearhead of Paulo Bento’s side, picked up a late booking in the 1-1 draw with Israel, conveniently ruling himself 

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Within the space of two years, Brazil will host the world’s two biggest sporting events: the Soccer World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympic Games in 2016. This is an opportunity for the nation to give the world a taste of its famously vibrant and open culture, and its historic passion for football. But, 

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